Thrive July Edition

There may be nothing more refreshing than chilled gazpacho on a hot summer day. Tangy, bright and bold in flavor, it’s satisfying but light. As an added bonus, it’s loaded with veggies, great for you and low in calories.

  • 2 pounds ripe tomatoes (preferably homegrown or farmers market)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 cucumber (about 6–7 inches long)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 cup virgin olive oil
  • 1 piece French bread (3–4 inches long) soaked in water
  • Fresh chopped marjoram
  • 3 shrimp per serving, grilled with olive oil, sea salt and pepper

Wash all produce. Peel cucumber, seed pepper. Rough chop all produce. Squeeze all water from bread. Place all ingredients (except shrimp and marjoram) in a blender, puree until smooth. It should have a creamy consistency. Refrigerate overnight.

To serve: Ladle into a shallow bowl, set three shrimp on top, sprinkle with marjoram and add a drizzle of olive oil.

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The goal of ensuring complete cancer care close to home in Central Oregon is about to be realized as construction of the new, integrated St. Charles Cancer Center nears completion.

St. Charles Health System invites cancer survivors, friends, families and community members to a grand opening celebration at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14 with a short recognition program followed by a ribbon cutting. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the facility, hear from survivors and supporters of the project and enjoy refreshments in the new healing garden.

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In Central Oregon, our kids are active year-round, but in the summer with temperatures soaring, fun in the sun, water and woods comes with added risk. Pediatrician Dr. Neill Ernst of St. Charles Family Care in Redmond shared some tips for protecting children in warmer weather.

Sun: “It’s important to protect your skin from the sun at any age, but children are especially sensitive,” Ernst said. Childhood sunburns are thought to increase risk of skin cancer later in life. It is recommended that infants under 6 months use hats and clothing as the primary sun protection. For babies 6 to 12 months old, sunscreen is appropriate but in limited amounts along with the use of hats and clothing as primary sun protection. Beyond 12 months, use sunscreen of at least 30 SPF and remember to reapply throughout the day.

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Around 54 million Americans have low bone density or osteoporosis, a very serious disorder of the body’s skeletal system, where bone density can become abnormally weak. One in two women and up to one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. The good news is that research shows targeted exercise later in life slows bone loss and improves strength and balance, which may reduce risk of a fall, the most common cause of fractures.

While educating a patient from LaPine on the importance of weight-bearing exercises to prevent and treat osteoporosis, St. Charles ortho-neuro nurse navigator Karin Thompson realized that there was a lack of resources in LaPine.

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Please mark your calendars for the grand opening of the St. Charles Center for Women’s Health on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 5:30 p.m.

The Center for Women’s Health will be an integral part of the Central Oregon community, providing not only traditional obstetric and gynecological services and routine and preventative care, but also classes, lectures by visiting specialists, mental health programs and much more.

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Next two-session class Aug. 12 and 13, 6–9 p.m. $49 (per couple, includes course books)

The St. Charles Health System Childbirth Education package includes childbirth preparation, newborn care, breastfeeding and infant CPR. Delivery options and pain management techniques are thoroughly covered so that you are equipped to make decisions throughout labor. Typically, expectant parents attend the class six to eight weeks prior to the due date. Check with your provider for the recommended time to register. Classes are highly partner focused, and registration fees are per couple. We consider partners to be essential, instilling skills and confidence to provide support the day of delivery and at home as a new family.

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